Transcript for July 27 Nonprofit Commons Meeting – Educational Machinima with Pooky Amsterdam of PookyMedia

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
July 27, 2012, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

8:30 AM Introductions
8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements
8:45 AM Mentors Central
9:55 Educational Machinima with Pooky Amsterdam of PookyMedia
9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements

– Unabridged Transcript –


[08:31] Zinnia Zauber: Welcome everyone to the Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting!

[08:31] Pooky Amsterdam: Woohoo Ahoy Russell! Ahoy Buffy DrFran et al & hugs for Gentle!

[08:31] bulaklak: Days like this I miss caffeine!

[08:31] Buffy Beale: me too

[08:31] alebez: hey Zinnia.

[08:31] Buffy Beale: hugs Gentle too 🙂

[08:31] Adalace Jewell: hi everyone

[08:32] Jen (jenelle.levenque): It’s 1130 here
[08:32] Jen (jenelle.levenque): almost lunch time

[08:32] Buffy Beale: hi Adalace 🙂

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: We like to start out with introductions that
include your name, real name, org, and website, twitter handle and so

[08:32] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): hello Adalace

[08:32] Adalace Jewell: 17:32 here 😉

[08:32] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women

[08:32] bulaklak: Yes, I try to not say “good morning” because I know
it’s not morning for everyone!

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Our transcripts are made public.
[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Please introduce yourself!

[08:32] Buffy Beale: oops a wee bit tooo soon sorry Z

[08:32] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Bruce Hestley, Transgender American
Veterans Association, Akron, OH,,!/TAVAUS

[08:32] bulaklak: It’s great how this convergence of different
timezones keeps me on my toes.

[08:33] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL Remora (203,148,21),
Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,

[08:33] Ozma Malibu: Sandra Andrews, Floaters Org, technology outreach
in Arizona, Mexico and On the Road. @ozma

[08:33] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc.
Please check website this weekend for schedule announcement for

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities
and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko

[08:33] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Jerry Buchko | Counseling,
Coaching, & Tutoring in Personal Finances via Telepresence (Private
Practice) | Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA | | @jerrybuchko

[08:33] Chad Mikado: Chad Gobert; National Service Inclusion Project
(NSIP), UMass Boston;

[08:33] alebez: ale bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup,
SF, CA @TechSoup, @alebez

[08:33] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, Senior Manager of Online Community
and Social Media at TechSoup Global. San Francisco, CA, USA. @TechSoup @MichaelDeLongSF

[08:33] BELOVEDROX: Roxy Rocker NSIP

[08:33] Adalace Jewell: Corine Van Hellemont, RoSa Library Brussels –
Belgium @adalace

[08:33] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Los Angeles, CA
Health Care and Human Rights

[08:33] Russell Boyd (rosco.teardrop): Russell Boyd, Resident Director
PookyMedia, Owner Wee Bit Studios

[08:34] Pooky Amsterdam: Pooky Amsterdam one name fits all – CEO @pookymedia

[08:34] Zinnia Zauber: Wonderful!

[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: If you ever come in a little late to our
meetings, please still introduce yourself.
[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: We want to get to know you!

[08:35] Gentle Heron: hint to Coughran!

[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: hehe

[08:35] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): 🙂

[08:35] DrFran Babcock: hehe

[08:35] Coughran Mayo: Dick Dillon, Innovaision, LLC, St. Louis MO.
@Coughran, @Innovaision
[08:35] Coughran Mayo: like that was so hard!

[08:35] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Teacher’s taking attendance

[08:35] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): 😉

[08:36] Pooky Amsterdam: S;-D

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: good job C!

[08:36] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Give him detention for being late

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Let me share with you guys the Agenda for today.
[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: 8:30 AM Introductions

8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements

8:45 AM Mentors Central

8:55 Educational Machinima with Pooky Amsterdam
of PookyMedia
[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: 9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements
[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: We discovered that it might be time for me to
get some new glasses as I had an error on the agenda earlier. lol

[08:37] bulaklak: Thanks, Zinnia. Thanks for running the show while
Glitter is at her yoga retreat getting Ohmed up!

[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: I also have all the lovely links to share with
you as well.
[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

Nonprofit Commons Blog:




Google Group:

Google Calendar:
[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:
[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: Join us inworld:

NPC Weekly Meeting on Fridays, 8:30 – 10 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

NPC Mentors Meeting: Fridays, 10:10 – 11 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

Wharf Ratz Tuesday Night Extraordinary Dance Extravaganza, Every
Tuesday 7 – 9 PM SLT Preferred Family Healthcare on Aloft, Aloft
Nonprofit Commons (168,223,22)

CommonGround – Color Themed Monthly Networking Event on 3rd Thursday,
5 – 7 PM SLT CommonGround on Aloft, Aloft Nonprofit Commons (59,68,25)

[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: A lot to take in, but worth the clicking!
[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: If you are just joining us, please feel free to
introduce yourself with your name, real name, org and web connections.

[08:39] Pooky Amsterdam: <3 them Wharf Ratz

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: yes, Pooky!

Techsoup Announcements

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: Okay it is time for Techsoup Announcement!

[08:40] bulaklak: Thanks, Zinnia!

[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: Go man go!

[08:40] Buffy Beale: yay bulaklak

[08:40] bulaklak: Wowzers. That was kind of cool.
[08:40] bulaklak: Anyway.

[08:41] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): … there can be only one.. 😉

[08:41] Coughran Mayo: lol
[08:41] Coughran Mayo: McCleod!

[08:41] Zinnia Zauber: hehe

[08:41] bulaklak: I want to touch briefly on the topic of
accessibility. It is certainly a topic I am not anything like an
expert in, but I, like my TechSoup colleagues, am invested in it.
[08:41] bulaklak: To that end, we have made some strides — albeit
perhaps slowly — lately in our approach to our online interactive
events like webinars.
[08:42] bulaklak: We are now offering all of our webinars with live
captioning upon request.

[08:42] Panny Bakerly: sorry I’m late… Jeanne Booth, Freeport
Historical Society, Freeport, NY;

[08:43] bulaklak: Here is some information about how we are doing that
with our ReadyTalk webinars, which is the tool we use for a majority
of our webinars.
[08:43] bulaklak:
[08:43] bulaklak: If we get a request within 72 hours of the event, we
can easily set up the live captioning
[08:44] bulaklak: And we always make sure to promote our webinars far
and wide well in advance
[08:44] bulaklak: And will make sure everyone knows they can request
the live captioning
[08:44] bulaklak: For any of our events not done on the ReadyTalk
platform, we are testing out other methods such as a live person to
transcribe on site by contract
[08:45] bulaklak: We will be testing this out for our upcoming
Nonprofits Live events if they are done on the Watchitoo tool or on
Adobe O
[08:45] bulaklak: Adobe Connect
[08:45] bulaklak: A special thank you and acknowledgment goes out to
Sister Patrice
[08:46] bulaklak: for brining this issue to our attention and working
so patiently and dillegently with us as we muddled through all of our
testing and research

[08:46] Zinnia Zauber: That is great she helped out!

[08:46] Ozma Malibu: Congratulations, bulaklak, Sister. That’s
wonderful. Yay for TechSoup.

[08:46] bulaklak: We are really happy to be offering this service and
hope we can be an example for other nonprofits to take the cue from us
[08:47] bulaklak: We will be sharing all of our learnings on a few
upcoming blog posts and hope those will help other orgs follow the
same practices
[08:47] bulaklak: That’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks, all! Enjoy
today’s meeting and your weekends!

[08:47] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, bulaklak!

[08:47] Buffy Beale: yay bulaklak

[08:47] alebez: awesome.

[08:47] Gentle Heron: Thank you for the update Bulaklak, and congrats
to TechSoup for making their offerings more accessible to a larger

[08:48] Zinnia Zauber: This is really important stuff!
[08:48] Zinnia Zauber: Please follow @techsoup for news.
[08:48] Zinnia Zauber: alebez, do you have anything for us?
[08:48] Zinnia Zauber: Any late intros?

[08:49] alebez: mmm…nope. Bulaklak is amazing.

[08:49] XDarkBladeX (darkblade2) shouts: looking for a djs and hosts and dancer

[08:49] Zinnia Zauber: Indeed.

[08:49] bulaklak: Oh and here is the link where we post all of our events
[08:49] bulaklak:
[08:49] bulaklak: So you can stay abreast of what we have coming up

[08:49] Zinnia Zauber: DarkBlade, I don’t know if we can help you with that.

[08:50] XDarkBladeX (darkblade2): ok

Mentor Central

[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, now Mentor Central!

[08:50] XDarkBladeX (darkblade2): lol

[08:50] Pooky Amsterdam: <3 SL

[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: So we have been covering the Tools in a Box
that you can use for your office or other locations.
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: And, I thought I would do a quick repeat on how
to prepare powerpoint slides to bring in SL.
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: How many of you use slideshows in SL?

[08:52] Jen (jenelle.levenque) raises hand

[08:52] DrFran Babcock raises her hand

[08:52] Buffy Beale: raises hand

[08:52] Pooky Amsterdam: raises hand

[08:52] Gentle Heron nods affirmatively

[08:52] Dancers Yao: yes

[08:52] Panny Bakerly: I havent

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Great! We know it is an easy way to share info
in a small amount of space.
[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: And, for someone new to SL they “get it”.

[08:52] Russell Boyd (rosco.teardrop): no, but interested to find out how

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: There are lots of slideshow viewers out there.

[08:53] Gentle Heron: pictures (or slides) often being worth a
thousand words, as they say

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: so let me go through some steps for you.
[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: yes, Gentle!
[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: Making a slideshow with PowerPoint in Second Life.
[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: This is for creating textures that you will
bring into Second Life to load into some kind of slideshow object.
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: 1. Create your PowerPoint slideshow as you
would normally. All the effects will not work once in Second Life.
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: 2. Now go to File > Save as and save your files
as images.
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: Choose a format that Second Life uses like PNG.
When it saves these files, it creates a new folder with them in it.
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: At this point, if you are good with image
enhancement software, you might want to resize the files to a much
more rez friendly size.
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: Depending on what size the screen is going to
be… an image that is 1024 pixels per inch is the largest you would
go. 512 pixels per inch is better.
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: You know how it goes when you are watching
someone do a slideshow and they are whipping through the slides and
you haven’t been able to see any of them. Yeah, that is because they
are too big.
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: So, if you can, reduce the size of the texture images.
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: 3. Upload the Images
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: The images will be numbered in that new folder.
Slide01 Slide02 Slide03 . . .
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: When you are in Second Life, go to the Build
Menu > Upload > Bulk
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Upload the images… get a cup of tea…

Then you can place the images into a slideshow viewer.
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: You select the slideshow viewer (right click)
and choose the Edit.
In the Edit window there are five tabs – General – Object – Features –
Texture – Content
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Choose Content and click and drag the slide
textures in there.

Some times you have to reset the script. So, just open it and hit the
reset button. Then close the Edit Window and show off!
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: There you go!

[08:57] Buffy Beale: easy peasy

[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: That is how you can create textures from
PowerPoint to make a slideshow in SL.
[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!

[08:57] Jen (jenelle.levenque): There is a viewer in the toolbox that
will allow you to associate a notecard with each slide

[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Yes!

[08:57] Jen (jenelle.levenque): It will then say the nc in local chat
when the slide is viewed

[08:57] Russell Boyd (rosco.teardrop): do you recommend any good
slideshow viewers?

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Each is a little different, but about the same.
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: My favorite the Preso-Matic Turbo by
DoctorPartridge Allen because it previews the slides for the viewers
before they try to see them on the screen.
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: But, I am open to testing more.

[08:58] Russell Boyd (rosco.teardrop): thanks

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: I’ll pass out the LM for that if needed.

Educational Machinima with Pooky Amsterdam of PookyMedia

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Okay!

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Now it is time for our guest!

[08:58] Adalace Jewell: u rock Zinnia

[08:59] CarynTopia Silvercloud: thanks

[08:59] Gentle Heron: Thanks Zinnia.

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: Please come up here Pooky!

[08:59] Coughran Mayo whistles and claps

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you guys!

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: I don’t look good, unless you look good. lol

[08:59] Coughran Mayo: and you look marvelous

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: Aww, thank you!
[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: Pooky Amsterdam will present about the
collaborative process of producing an award winning educational
machinima. Pooky Amsterdam who has been producing entertainment on the
virtual plane for about 10 years and her company PookyMedia provides
top quality real animation also known as machinima.
[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Pooky for joining us today!

[09:00] Pooky Amsterdam: Thank you Zinnia!

[09:00] Pooky Amsterdam: or as I love to call you ZZ

[09:00] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Yes, thank you Zin!

[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: hehe

[09:00] Gentle Heron: YAY Pooky!

[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: How many of you have been on Pooky’s show?

[09:01] Pooky Amsterdam: I really appreciate being with you all today
– this is to a great extent my Second home and I along with all of you
know the value of being in a virtual environment
[09:01] Pooky Amsterdam: and in a group like this feel very much at
home and understood
[09:01] Pooky Amsterdam: If one picture = 1,000 words then one video =
100,000 – we are a visual species, after all. We are also ready to
welcome messages of import if they are presented in framework we want
to look at and understand. Animation fills that well for us & whether
it was Mickey Mouse or the Flintstones has been away to entertain for
generations – It is also a way to educate and the many Public Service
Announcements of my youth I recall the ones that were in fact cartoons

[09:02] Pooky Amsterdam: and we were asked recently his past March
about doing a public service announcement
[09:02] Pooky Amsterdam: Using the great game engine and platform that
is Second Life is indeed somewhat challenging
[09:02] Pooky Amsterdam: it is all about emphathising its strengths –
and minimizing its weaknesses – to the extent that the end results
does not in any way scream

[09:02] Buffy Beale: oh I’ve been on Pooky’s show it’s fun!

[09:02] Pooky Amsterdam: this was made on Second Life
[09:03] Pooky Amsterdam: yayay Buffy is amazing and this group is amazing

[09:03] Adalace Jewell: 🙂

[09:03] Pooky Amsterdam: on the edge for what is the future but as we
live it today

[09:03] Buffy Beale: 🙂

[09:03] Pooky Amsterdam: and it isnt everyone who can look past the
veil in a way that surrounds our Seocnd nation and see it for what it
can be and is
[09:04] Pooky Amsterdam: Buffy mentions the show The 1st Question
[09:04] Pooky Amsterdam: and I will tell a bit of a story if I might

[09:04] Coughran Mayo: not about me I hope

[09:04] Pooky Amsterdam: for all roads led to Machinima
[09:05] Pooky Amsterdam: When I was looking for panelist for the 1st
question which is pretty much as many of you know cause I bug you to be
on the show – all the time I found someone that I wanted to reach out
to –
[09:05] Pooky Amsterdam: Through Gizmag which is a kind of futuristic
up to the minute look into what is being developed technologically in
this world of ours –
[09:05] Pooky Amsterdam: lol Coughran!
[09:06] Pooky Amsterdam: and Dr james canton was invited on – I will
make along story short –
[09:06] Pooky Amsterdam: He is the executiuve producer of the Time
Trvelrs – which is a series we are doing here and I wanted him t
understand that this was a great place for filming
[09:07] Pooky Amsterdam: he woudlsay at first – how many people come
here how many of the targeed population for example teens he wanted to
[09:07] Pooky Amsterdam: and I said look – its not like you say how
many people wereat the Star Trek sound stage for filming

[09:07] jacmacaire Humby: oops I was so in late that I forget to give
my name., etc.. Jacques Macaire HUMANBE Action
Tank and Council on Sustainable Development France and International

[09:07] Pooky Amsterdam: its a platform – its a studio set and its our
sound stage – its where we film
[09:08] Pooky Amsterdam: and we do here because of th vast and
unprecedented amoutn of vitual assets adn the Ip rights toour films
[09:08] Pooky Amsterdam: I would love to show you now the film we are
here for today
[09:08] Pooky Amsterdam: and when I say WE Ido mean that
[09:08] Pooky Amsterdam: its the team tha tmakes these films all ofus
working to our strengths
[09:09] Pooky Amsterdam: Its Russell Boyd who does the great
Directionand editing and sound processing
[09:09] Gentle Heron applauds Pooky’s whole team
[09:09] Pooky Amsterdam: and robwag Soothsayerwhois incredibly gifted
with he builds and all sorts of magic honestly! and post production
[09:09] Pooky Amsterdam: with soudn effects people and the music and more

[09:09] Zinnia Zauber: Yay teamwork!

[09:10] Pooky Amsterdam: so I might be the most easily identified but
Please know that its team effort
[09:10] Pooky Amsterdam: I woudllove ery much toshow the film and then
asnwer any questions about it

[09:10] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): yes, let’s see it! 😀

[09:10] Zinnia Zauber: Yes! Please share the URL for everyone.

[09:10] Pooky Amsterdam: is that all right?
[09:10] Pooky Amsterdam: ok one sec

[09:10] Buffy Beale: sure is!

[09:11] Pooky Amsterdam:
[09:11] Pooky Amsterdam: everyone please go to your browser window and watch
[09:11] Pooky Amsterdam: Vector Inspectors – or How to catch a

[09:11] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, please watch and then we will back.

[09:11] Gentle Heron loves the name!

[09:11] DrFran Babcock is fascinated with the smooth movement

[09:13] Coughran Mayo: great camera work!

[09:13] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Yes, great camera work & editing…

[09:13] Buffy Beale: very smooth

[09:13] Pooky Amsterdam: Russell is amazing

[09:14] Russell Boyd (rosco.teardrop): thanks, it really has to look
good for the audience to pay attention

[09:14] Pooky Amsterdam: especially when theya re 12

[09:15] Coughran Mayo: will be interested to hear how much advance
planning goes into a project like this before the cameras roll

[09:15] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): yes, the focus is dyanamic
[09:15] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): *dynamic

[09:15] Pooky Amsterdam: okay if everyone has finished the film (dont
want to say how it ends )
[09:15] Pooky Amsterdam: lol I can take some questions

[09:15] DrFran Babcock: yes, the jerky movement of my educational
videos makes my viewers laugh 🙁

[09:15] Coughran Mayo: 30 seconds left

[09:15] Pooky Amsterdam: k

[09:15] Zinnia Zauber: Do you guys have questions for Pooky or her team?
[09:16] Zinnia Zauber: Ask away!

[09:16] Coughran Mayo: see mine above

[09:16] Buffy Beale: Question: Do you see this form of edu videos
getting more popular?

[09:16] Pooky Amsterdam: Coughrn asked a good q on pre producion
[09:16] Pooky Amsterdam: all right everyone done now?

[09:16] Catt (catt.gable): Beautiful work

[09:16] Pooky Amsterdam: ty

[09:16] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): yes, done

[09:16] Pooky Amsterdam: kudos to team
[09:17] Pooky Amsterdam: all right – Coughran my friend you hit on
something very important
[09:17] Pooky Amsterdam: and that is pre production – getting
everything and I mean everything ready before the cameras roll is
[09:17] Pooky Amsterdam: it took about a 6 weeks to a month to get this
set up actually and that also includes back & forth to the client for
the things which are of most import in terms of look and feel
[09:18] Pooky Amsterdam: the characters – did they register correctly
with them- remember alothough this goes before a different audience the
client is always the first place for approval of assets
[09:18] Pooky Amsterdam: so yes the pre production is key and the more
carefully and completely this is done the better
[09:19] Pooky Amsterdam: I have tos ay we all of us work very closely
and make adjustmensts we need to in the days that lead up to filming
[09:19] Pooky Amsterdam: coughran I hope that answers the question?

[09:19] Mιℒєﻜιιнσця  (miles.eleventhauer): But HOW…storyboards?..test shots?

[09:20] Pooky Amsterdam: Buffy had a good q – but I see Miles whose
work I respect – asking about the storyboards
[09:20] Pooky Amsterdam: and yes
[09:20] Pooky Amsterdam: its important to have this laid out afore
hand for so many reasons – so mny things that will save time and
energy and stress later on

[09:20] Ozma Malibu: wonderful! In my experience creating even a less
professional machinima is a quick, not too expensive way to really
catch imaginations and set minds on fire. in a machinima, you can
focus much better on what’s really important.
Suddenly the audience sees what you are trying to convey. But this is
SO professional and SO beautiful. 6 weeks is not really very long
[09:20] Pooky Amsterdam: we are all of us rather intense people -its
osmethign Ihave noticed inworld – our intensity of passionof purpse of
wanting the most out of time
[09:21] Pooky Amsterdam: and so to make thsi happen well for everyone
because the team is very important we try to do thing sthat build on
our abilities and what we have learned about not wasting time

[09:21] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko) nods.

[09:21] Pooky Amsterdam: yes to sotryboardsMiles –

[09:22] Ozma Malibu: if you did that in 6 weeks you definitely didn’t
waste any time 🙂

[09:22] Pooky Amsterdam: essential for also to see how the vision is
going tounfold see where the extrashot might be added or the
superflous removed
[09:22] Pooky Amsterdam: you are right
[09:22] Pooky Amsterdam: we are a tight and highly focused group and
approach our work wiht alaser like clarity fo porpose
[09:22] Pooky Amsterdam: now for Buffy’s question if I might
[09:23] Pooky Amsterdam: Buffy whose spirit always makes me smile so
[09:23] Buffy Beale: aww ty Pooky
[09:23] Pooky Amsterdam: and you knwo its also because I belive so
much in what we are all doing tha thelevel of excellence has to stand
[09:23] Pooky Amsterdam: okay well yes I sure do and Im going to tlak
about how effective this was with the target audience
[09:24] Pooky Amsterdam: in order toget a message across you need
tohave a beautiful message and lasoone tht will get in!
[09:24] Pooky Amsterdam: and this kind fo film makingis very rich in
color and character – its relly good for this purpose
[09:24] Pooky Amsterdam: This was for an audience of K – 8th grade

[09:24] Jen (jenelle.levenque): The animation is so much better than
the cartoons on TV any more

[09:24] Pooky Amsterdam: so you figure 5 – 15 aroudn ther a wide range of ages
[09:25] Pooky Amsterdam: they have already seen SO much youknwo
interms of animation and entertainment
[09:25] Pooky Amsterdam: but you knwo it struck home wiht them
[09:25] Pooky Amsterdam: they recoginzed a look in away from games
they play online from the ubiquitousness of this medium
[09:25] Pooky Amsterdam: it si really a great one for getting hrough
to them – as it registers in a HUGE way

[09:25] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): I’m thinking your team must have
built up quite an impressive library of gesture & animation scripts…

[09:25] Sonicity (sonicity.fitzroy): and those bugs were HUGE

[09:26] Pooky Amsterdam: I want to now show some responses that came
diectly from the education specialist at San gabriel mosquito vector
control district wht twill nwo and forever more beknown as SGMVCD
[09:26] Pooky Amsterdam: lol

[09:26] Zinnia Zauber: Any more questions?

[09:26] Pooky Amsterdam: San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control
District helps keeps Southern California safe. There has been a recent
outbreak of the aggressive Asian Tiger Mosquitos and PookyMedia was
called upon to deliver a video that children, their families and
caregivers could relate to and understand. We delivered.
“I thought you’d like to know that today was the first Tiger Mosquito
Assemblies and the machinima was a great success with kids
Kindergarten through Eighth grade. The kids in all groups were quiet
and engaged (no fidgeting or talking) with eyes glued to the screen –
even at the very back of the room. They laughed out loud at several
points and really liked the mosquitoes getting squashed. When quizzed
afterward all age groups understood clearly what they needed to do and
how to do it. The only questions I got were about things we didn’t
cover. You got a round of applause from both groups at the end!”
[09:27] Pooky Amsterdam: another thing We were told was that of the
participants which was 30% a very big number for a PSA – that 96% sent
in samples
[09:27] Pooky Amsterdam: the lids were motivated to look for the
mossies and then to also send in the samples
[09:28] Pooky Amsterdam: I was told this was a direct result of the machinima
[09:28] Pooky Amsterdam: the KIDS***

[09:28] Adalace Jewell: awesome

[09:28] Sonicity (sonicity.fitzroy): there was tension built into the
storyline, as we feared for the children near the bugs, I am sure that
kept the attention of the kids

[09:28] Pooky Amsterdam: so this was a huge success for them and for us
and for anyone with relatives family friends or themselves in the area

[09:28] Mιℒєﻜιιнσця  (miles.eleventhauer): imitate what they see

[09:28] Pooky Amsterdam: thank you Soni ti did
[09:28] Pooky Amsterdam: are there any more questions?

[09:29] Adalace Jewell: what’s your next project?

[09:29] Pooky Amsterdam: SGMVCD made some great comments on the video
too you can read – it was a huge success

[09:29] Ozma Malibu: how could others use this? Contact you? Is it OK
to show to a small group?

[09:29] Pooky Amsterdam: well we are also doing Time travelrs
[09:29] Pooky Amsterdam: and tha is a futuristic webseries
[09:29] Pooky Amsterdam: i will paste out the link for the latest
episode we will be working on that too

[09:29] Zinnia Zauber: It is a great series!
[09:29] Zinnia Zauber: Please do!

[09:30] Adalace Jewell: great

[09:30] Buffy Beale: Do you send out a call for actors?

[09:30] Adalace Jewell: hehe, we have a volunteer

[09:30] Pooky Amsterdam:

[09:30] Buffy Beale: fluffs my hair
[09:30] Buffy Beale: lol

[09:30] Pooky Amsterdam: well tbh we do have our own troupe
[09:31] Pooky Amsterdam: the tinyspace players
[09:31] Pooky Amsterdam: heh

[09:31] Zinnia Zauber: hehe

[09:31] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): lol 😀

[09:31] Mιℒєﻜιιнσця  (miles.eleventhauer): does your team occupy the
same Real world is there a production studio where you’re
all togeter..or is everyone spread on in the virtual world?

[09:31] Zinnia Zauber: We have time for one more question and then open mic.

[09:31] Pooky Amsterdam: this is the latest in the series and please
feel free to go back in time with it to the previous episodes

[09:31] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Hate to run, but RL is dragging me out of here

[09:31] Buffy Beale: bye Jen 🙂

[09:31] Pooky Amsterdam: I really see this as expanding for
educational videos for so many reasons

[09:31] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Great presentation Pookie

[09:31] Pooky Amsterdam: 1) its very very cost effective in terms of
time and money
[09:31] Pooky Amsterdam: 2) it really resonates with the target audience
[09:32] Pooky Amsterdam: 3) it si possible to recreate just about
anything and anyone

[09:32] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Miles, Great question. Always
interesting to hear how people structure their collaboration

[09:32] Pooky Amsterdam: no they do not
[09:32] Pooky Amsterdam: we are all over the globe

[09:32] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): bye Jen

[09:32] Pooky Amsterdam: and communicate through Skype mostly and effectively
[09:33] Pooky Amsterdam:
[09:33] Pooky Amsterdam: dropbox
[09:33] Pooky Amsterdam: and of course second Life
[09:33] Pooky Amsterdam: thank you Jen!
[09:33] Pooky Amsterdam: Miles we are all over the world but it doesnt
amter we understand this like the back of our hands
[09:33] Pooky Amsterdam: thankyou all and if anyone has anything else
to feed back please dont hesitate to Im me
[09:34] Pooky Amsterdam: S;-D
[09:34] Pooky Amsterdam: Big heartfelt hugs to all

[09:34] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Pooky!
[09:34] Zinnia Zauber: Please stay with us through the end of the meeting.

[09:34] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko) applauds!

[09:34] jacmacaire Humby: Bravo!!

[09:34] Zinnia Zauber: If you can, I mean.

[09:34] Ozma Malibu: I am going to go look for standing water after
this. .we have a lot of mosquitos in this Arizona monsoon weather.
even the bit about finding the standing water is so impressive.

[09:34] Ronnie Rhode: Great stuff, Pooky!

[09:34] Zinnia Zauber: This was great!!!!

[09:34] Sonicity (sonicity.fitzroy): applause

[09:34] Buffy Beale: hearty applause, thanks Pooky and my fav is still
your “I don’t want to date your avatar” 🙂

[09:34] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, Pooky!

Open Mic / Announcements

[09:34] Zinnia Zauber: Does anyone have Open Mic Announcements?

[09:35] Chad Mikado: Yes

[09:35] Adalace Jewell: thx Pooky, love your work

[09:35] Chad Mikado: I have one about VAI and IDRAC on behalf of Gentle

[09:35] Zinnia Zauber: Chad go for it!

[09:35] Chad Mikado: Cheers

[09:35] Buffy Beale: slips in a comment that our own Coughran was a
grand winner on The First Question 🙂

[09:35] Chad Mikado: Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the second annual
International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC2012) to
be held Friday August 3rd and Saturday August 4th, in the fully
accessible Sojourner Auditorium. All presentations will be
simultaneously in text and Voice.

The theme of this year’s conference is “A Community of Communities”. A
number of exciting guests are presenting.
[09:36] Chad Mikado: Scheduled presenters include Tom Boellstorff (who
wrote Coming of Age in Second Life);

two social work professors who will lead a panel discussion about
different ways to facilitate communities in Second Life;
[09:36] Chad Mikado: and Chad Mikado (ME!), JANLyssa Serenity, and
Xomotron (all NPC members) who will be discussing how programs can
document and evaluate their impacts in the community.

[09:36] Buffy Beale: sounds fantastic Chad

[09:36] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): congrats Coughran! :S

[09:36] Chad Mikado: Please mark your calendars for Friday, August 3rd
(7 am to 6 pm SLT) and Saturday, August 4th (8 am to 1:30 pm SLT). The
full schedule and information on presenters and sessions for IDRAC2012
will be posted on Virtual Ability’s website this weekend:

[09:36] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): *:D

[09:36] Zinnia Zauber: Great lineup!

[09:36] Chad Mikado: Hope you can make it- that’s it from me

[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: That is wonderful! Thank you Chad!

[09:37] Chad Mikado: 🙂

[09:37] Pooky Amsterdam: ty!

[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: We can all learn so much from VAI.
[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: Does anyone else have Open Mic items?
[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: Hmm

[09:39] Pooky Amsterdam: There is a machinima-Expo 2012 that
is currently accepting submissions no entry fee and I urge those of you
who have films to submit them

[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: Well, then I will give you are links again and
then open the floor to a couple more questions for Pooky if she has
[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

Nonprofit Commons Blog:




Google Group:

Google Calendar:
[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:
[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: Join us inworld:

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[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: Okay!

[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: More questions for Pooky?

[09:41] Mιℒєﻜιιнσця  (miles.eleventhauer): post the info re the expo please

[09:41] Pooky Amsterdam: okay
[09:41] Pooky Amsterdam: one sec didnt copy & paste correctly
[09:41] Pooky Amsterdam:
[09:41] Pooky Amsterdam: there we go

[09:41] Mιℒєﻜιιнσця  (miles.eleventhauer): ty

[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: I have one, how do you like to encourage
machinima to the non virtual world user?
[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: Is it a way to introduce VW to people?

[09:42] Pooky Amsterdam: well that is a great q
[09:42] Pooky Amsterdam: on one hand you want the machinima to be
appreciated as an animation
[09:42] Pooky Amsterdam: not where was that filmed or oh that was filmed in SL
[09:43] Pooky Amsterdam: yet for somethigns like the recording of
shows Im thinking of programs like Designing worlds for example or
even the 1st q- it si a way for folks to see VW

[09:43] Mιℒєﻜιιнσця  (miles.eleventhauer): that’s free promotion for linden labs

[09:43] Pooky Amsterdam: and in a way they can appreciate and
understand at first
[09:44] Pooky Amsterdam: I knwo ppl have said tome after being on the
1st Q -I was finally able toshow my family – my mom and dad or even
kids and hey understood thsi a bit more

[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Seeing us in action!

[09:44] Pooky Amsterdam: well Miles – yes machinima is the best
ambassador that LL can have or any VW really itspeaks volumes
[09:44] Pooky Amsterdam: so I do think so yes
[09:45] Pooky Amsterdam: And ther eare films especialy A year in the
life – whcih we did about well a Yearin secondlife and what it can

[09:45] Mιℒєﻜιιнσця  (miles.eleventhauer): didnt linden object to
using ‘second life’ in it is a copywritten term?

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: ah

[09:46] Pooky Amsterdam: they were the ones who contracted us for the video
[09:46] Pooky Amsterdam: all the videos with Second life from the
direct delivery fashion show to the sandboxian to virtual pets to well
A year and there are more films too – were contracted to us from
Linden Lab
[09:47] Pooky Amsterdam: so no t at all Miles not in this case we made
the films they asked us for

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Another question, how do nonprofits instill a
call to action in their videos? Through the story or something more

[09:47] Pooky Amsterdam: good q –
[09:48] Pooky Amsterdam: and I will say this – I hear my 80 year old
belved Aunt’s voice when she asked me this question
[09:48] Pooky Amsterdam: “Why should I care about these people?”
[09:48] Pooky Amsterdam: my aunt lee is direct!

[09:48] Zinnia Zauber: hehe

[09:48] Pooky Amsterdam: and that is the question we MUST ask
ourselves in the films that need to deliver both audience and message
and even more relvantly audeince to message and vice versa
[09:49] Pooky Amsterdam: I believe with a human interest story – tha
t really hits home
[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: ah, great!

[09:49] Pooky Amsterdam: so you make instantly a bridge for people to
hop onto the video

[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: so think more about those who will be viewing
than yourself.

[09:49] Pooky Amsterdam: so I thin the call to action means more when
the audicnece can relate
[09:49] Pooky Amsterdam: yes its that contract with that audiencewe must fulfill

[09:50] Ozma Malibu: this video certainly calls us to action regarding
mosquitos. so how to extend that..

[09:50] Pooky Amsterdam: it isnt about personal ego
[09:50] Pooky Amsterdam: its never about ego and in fact the I is
truly lessor to the we in any film

[09:50] Ozma Malibu: aagh mosquitos

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: so as a team works together on these projects
we need some focus group folks to help us out too.

[09:50] Pooky Amsterdam: I oft say that to be in the film making
machinima and art business you have to have an ego to put your work out
there right
[09:50] Pooky Amsterdam: but you must also be egoless to make that work better

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: right

[09:51] Pooky Amsterdam: yes well the kids wea all over it in that
they went to the yards
[09:51] Pooky Amsterdam: it got them to get up and go and collect samples!
[09:51] Pooky Amsterdam: hey got it they understood they were spoken
toin an intelligent way and entertained –

[09:51] Mιℒєﻜιιнσця  (miles.eleventhauer): heh..there’s definitely no
ego in the machinima biz

[09:51] Pooky Amsterdam: none Miles

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: cool, did you guys see this?
[09:52] Zinnia Zauber:…

[09:52] Pooky Amsterdam: if you make a film for a targeted audience
you must respect them you make a contract with those watching and try
not to break it
[09:52] Pooky Amsterdam: I love legos

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Pixar’s golden rules of storytelling told in Legos.

[09:52] Pooky Amsterdam: SUPER!

[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: I think Pooky is right, you have to set aside
your ego or your org ego to tell a better story and connect.
[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: We all did cry in Toy Story 3, right?

[09:53] Buffy Beale: lol yesss

[09:53] Pooky Amsterdam: Im going to watch that tonight!

[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: Awesome!

[09:54] Pooky Amsterdam: You knwo working on a film like Time travelers
about the Singularity – and the range of machine invention we can not
fully comprehend makes me realize us humans with our emotions and
dreams are reachable through portraying things we care about
[09:54] Pooky Amsterdam: and as Jane Goddall said
[09:54] Pooky Amsterdam: we are meaning seeking creatures
[09:54] Pooky Amsterdam: and I know we find that in each other

[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: Yes!
[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you so much Pooky!
[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: This has been a wonderful meeting and we are
here every Friday at 8:30 AM SLT.
[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: Let’s give it up to Pooky and her team!

[09:55] Pooky Amsterdam: you are truly welcome and thank you thank you
all for being such good family and friends

[09:55] Buffy Beale: cheering!

[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: Rah!

[09:55] Coughran Mayo: Thanks Pooky, that was great!

[09:55] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Yes, thanks to all of you! 😀

[09:55] jacmacaire Humby: Great meeting… 🙂

[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: And, also a big cheer to our Nonprofit Commons team!
[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: Rah!!
[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you everyone for joining us!

[09:56] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Rah! 😀

[09:56] Pooky Amsterdam: Rah rah nonprofit works!

[09:56] Adalace Jewell: 🙂

[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: We have our Mentors Meeting at 10ish. So please
join us if you have questions or ideas for the Mentors.

[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: And, please join us again next week! Bring a friend!

[09:57] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): great, time for me to step away to
top off my coffee…

[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you again to our guest Pooky and her team!

[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: Get your coffee refuel and please take care everyone!

[09:57] alebez: goodbye everyone. see you next week.

[09:57] Pooky Amsterdam: I must go as well now too! again many thanks to ZZ

[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: You are more than welcome!

[09:57] Mιℒєﻜιιнσця  (miles.eleventhauer): Take care

[09:58] Pooky Amsterdam: S;-D

[09:58] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you dear friend!

[09:58] Buffy Beale: bye all have a delightful week, see the mentors in 10

[09:58] jacmacaire Humby: Goodbye everyone.. Have a nice week-end..

[09:58] Zinnia Zauber: Have a great weekend!

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